TURKEY HUNTING 2011
It is hard to
believe that another year has passed so quickly and time is certainly not
waiting on any of us which I am sure is a good thing. Today is April
9, 2011 and the temperature this early morning was around 59
degrees F. with no breeze stirring at all and very few clouds making for a gorgeous
sunrise. There is a multitude of different green hues present on
many of the trees and bushes with half to full growth leaves already and
offering a good amount of ground cover and camouflage which is greatly
needed to help reduce the ole Long Beards uncanny ability to detect when
something just doesn't look right and presents a potential danger
and the ole boy will react in a micro second to evade such danger!
With all my turkey hunting gear assembled which would fill a standard
size wheel barrow, I loaded everything and headed out the door around 5:45
A.M. for a ten (10) mile drive to Randy Steele's home in Carson's Old
Field, North Carolina to hunt with him on his property which borders the
south fork of Jones
Creek here in Anson County, North Carolina.
Randy has been listening to some ole long beards hammering off about
daybreak the past week and had a place selected for us and it didn't take
too long before we were in the turkey woods and heard several long beards
gobbling in the distance but nothing was sounding off close by where he
had heard them a few days earlier but we decided to set-up at that
It was around 8:15 before we heard one gobble across the creek a couple
hundred yards in front of our position and he
would not respond to any calling which is normal for those birds on and
adjacent to his track of land. As luck would have it for Mr. Long
Beard, the only place that we did not have good visibility of an
approaching long beard, you guessed it, there he was out in front of us
about 15 yards and the old boy figured something was a miss and walked off before either of us could get a shot. Randy saw
the ole Long Beard
before I did and he though that the BLUE on his head was one of the blue
timber company tree markings and he was partly concealed behind a small
cedar tree that was knocked down during the recent logging operation since the area was clear cut several weeks earlier
and he whispered to me, there is a bird in front of you but when I saw him
he was slowing walking back down the crest or knoll where he had
approached our position from. I plan to see if I can get Randy set
up on the State Eye Plan for glasses so he can quickly distinguish the
blue on a turkey's head from the blue paint the timber company uses to
mark their boundaries. We both had a good grin on this one! A few minutes later, I clucked on a
glass call with a purple heart wood striker and a Jake came silently to our
position from the same direction that the Long Beard had came from and
walked on by us within 12 yards or less and clucked a few times and
continued on his way. The Jake and hen decoys that I had placed were not
visible from the direction the Long Beard and the Jake came from so that
hurt our chances of harvesting that Long Beard today.
This mornings hunt was very enjoyable and there is nothing like being in
the woods on such a beautiful spring morning with an abundance of all
types of birds serenading of which Mother Nature graciously displays.
Randy and myself are looking forward to another days hunt
NOTE: I checked with a couple of my
hunting buddies yesterday afternoon, John Gaddy of Polkton, NC and David
Stewart of Ellerbe, NC and the ole Long Beards won out on their hunts as
well. John Gaddy was like Randy and myself, two Long Beards came in
on his wrong shooting side and didn't offer a shot and David's Long Beard
was turned around by a couple fisherman too close to the bank talking too
loud and turned the ole Long Beard around as he was on his final approach
to some sweet seductive clucking that David was doing.
I plan to make a Wild Turkey Bog using a wild turkey
breast that I harvested last year and the recipe
Chicken Bog is on my Poultry Page
under the Recipes page. I will substitute the wild turkey for
the chicken and leave my original recipe the same. I am looking
forward to trying that recipe tomorrow with great anticipation!
NOTE: The Wild Turkey Bog was pretty good but I could have
left the turkey breast in the pressure cooker about 10 minutes longer
since it was still a little "chewy" and the rice was a little tough
instead of my usual "sticky rice" as I call it.
TURKEY HUNTING 04-11-11
I got up
this morning around 5:15 A.M. and was out the door around 5:30 after a
quick bowl of cereal and my morning Senior Citizen medications......grin
if you must! This morning was very foggy and overcast with a slight
breeze although the weather prophets predicted the temperature would be
around 83ish or so and they were right on the money.
Randy Steele had a
new place picked out for us that he has seen some turkeys in the afternoon
feeding across a winter rye field and we made our way there which took
around 5 minutes. We walked about 200 yards to the selected site and
owl hooted a few times and did not get a response. The fog was
extremely thick and a light mist was falling with the ceiling very low
around 6:30 A.M. Since nothing sounded off, we decided to set up
next to an old dilapidated barbed wire fence line and a large oak tree was
my choice for my Cabelas Lounger to rest in front of.
I placed a hen and
Jake decoy out in front about 20 yards from our position and he was going
to cover the left side of the field and myself covering the right side
since I shoot left handed and the right side is a left handed shooters
preferred shooting side. A few soft yelps on one of my Porter Custom
Dual Hens box calls didn't bring a response and continued to help and
cluck about every 15 minutes and we didn't hear a single gobble or yelp,
cluck, etc. the entire morning.
About 8:00 A.M. Randy said, "There goes a coyote across the field to
my left" and I saw the coyote before it exited the field which was about
100 yards from our position. I asked Randy if he wanted me to try
and call him in and he said "Yes". I had one of
Custom Cocobolo predator calls in my left shirt jacket pocket and quickly
retrieved it and proceeded to imitate a cottontail rabbit in distress
and within a few seconds the coyote was heading right toward our position
at a slow to moderate pace and when he got right in front of Randy's
position I saw Randy jerk the gun back as if his gun had recoiled; (a case
of a bad flinch) and I thought that was I going to have to shoot the coyote and
about that time when the coyote was within a few feet from the turkey
decoys, Randy's gun finally gave out a loud report and the coyote never
knew what hit him. Randy was using a collector's Remington model
1100 12 gauge shotgun chambered for 2 3/4 inch shells and Hevi-13 shot
shells # 5 shot size. Below are a few pixs of this mornings set-up
and the harvested coyote; click on thumbnails for a larger view:
We saw a couple Long Beards about 300 yards on the adjacent property and
both were with a hen....maybe next time! Bill Porter.
TURKEY HUNTING 04-12-11
The score so far
is: Long Beard 2, Hunters 0......grin if you must!
Randy decided to go back to the place we hunted on opening day and give it
another day. The weather was definitely not the best, intermittent
light sprinkling rain, and of course dark sky and clouds moving rapidly
across the horizon with wind gusts probably 25 to 30 miles per hour.
We picked the same area that was logged out a few weeks ago and set up
where we had about 50 to 100 yards visibility; Pix below:
The decoys were
placed to the left in this view and we figured the ole Long Beard would
see them from about 50 yards out and give us a chance to get ready for
him. This particular Long Beard will goggle across the creek on the
other side of the wood area depicted in this photo but once he gets away from that area
on this side of the creek, he has total "Lock Jaw" and goes into his Stealth mode
for sure...seek and find without detection is his game plan and it worked
again today for him. No telling how many times it has worked for him
in the past.
We got in the woods before daylight and the wind was
blowing like crazy and went down to the edge of the woods but didn't hear
anything but a couple Great Horned Owls sounding off. I got out my
maple wood Camp Caller Owl Hooter and had those owls hooting like crazy
with them nearly laughing at times. All the while we were hooting at
each other, not a single Long Beard gave his position up. The
hooting owls flew in much closer trying to get a fix on what they thought
was another one of their feathered kind and I finally got tired of messing
We left the creek bottom area and went into the cut over (pix
above) and made a make shift natural blind which had a natural back stop
from the trees the loggers left and placed camouflage netting out for a
little better concealment. The ole Long Beard started hammering away
sometime around 7:30 A.M. and would leave the field on the other side of
the creek of which is about 100 yards away from the creek and he traveled
parallel to the creek and then make his way back. In the course of
an hour, he gobbled 25 to 30 times and apparently didn't have any hens
with him. He would not respond to any call made from several
different calls which is the norm for the Long Beards at this location and
finally he gobbled very close to the creek right over the slight ridge and
I gave several cuts and yelps from a time proven and tested box call.
Within a few minutes I whispered to Randy that I see the Long Beard and he
was blocked from Randy's view by the few remaining scrub small trees and
he was about 60 yards from our position. The Long Beard stretched
his neck what looked like a foot at least and would lower his neck and
spread his tail feathers. He continued to do this a couple times and
had full view of the Jake and Hen decoys but would not come out any closer
and finally slipped out of view. The ole boy gobbled at least
one other time when he went back across the creek.
We plan to go back and try him
again on the 14th but this time will leave the decoys off and Randy will
get out in front of me at least 30 or 40 yards and I will continued to do
the calling and see if we can ambush the ole boy. He is more savvy
than we are and definitely has been spooked in the past by a decoy set-up.
Nonetheless, a great day to be outdoors enjoying what God has provided for
us! Bill aka Mickey Porter.
TURKEY HUNTING 04-13-11
This morning was
absolutely gorgeous with the sky clear and the wind was either nil or
gently blowing at the most. The alarm clock sounded off while I was in the
middle of some type of crazy dream I was having probably triggered by
something recently seen on the History TV channel. After
getting dressed, I put a fresh pot of decaf coffee on and quickly consumed a
snack before taking my daily meds and filled an insulated coffee mug to
the brim and headed out the door which was around 5:35 A.M. and had to
make a stop at the post office to mail a couple letters.
I arrived at
Randy Steele's home around 6ish and the sky toward the east was getting a
little dark reddish golden color with sun rise about 40 minutes or more
away and the makings for a wonderful morning to hunt. The
temperature was in the low 40s and I had an extra layer of clothing on the upper body
this morning as the weather prophets predicted the high would be around
70 degrees. Randy was out within a couple minutes and loaded our
gear into his Toyota hunting truck and we headed back to the hunting site on 04-11-11 since he had seen a long beard with some hens
there last week.
We set-up as before but added an additional hen decoy and
after a few hoots on the ole owl call, nothing responded. Around
7:15 A.M. we heard a hen or two behind us clucking and the wood were
open enough to where they should have been able to see the decoys placed
about 20 yards out into the rye grass field. Around 7:15, I spotted
a hen beyond a small wooded island that is in the field about 100 yards
from our position on adjacent land that we did not have permission to hunt
on and I continued to cluck and yelp with a few different calls but the
ole boys would not respond back to us.
Sometime around 8:00 A.M.
I spotted several long beards to my right that came out of the woods and
into the field and they proceeded slowly in our direction. There
were three (3) Long Beards, one jake and a hen and the lead Long Beard got
within 50 yards and appeared to be "eyeing" the decoys and would not take
a step closer. I was hoping that he would commit to the set-up and
gave a few soft yelps but he just kept looking in our direction and
finally started walking back in the direction he had came from and I
whispered to Randy that I was going to go for him. I waited until he
had his head/neck area upright and squeezed the trigger on the
Remington 11-87 SuperMag 3 1/2 inch chamber shotgun loaded with Hevi-13
Magnum blend shells consisting of 2 1/4 ounces of 5, 6, and 7 shot blended
pellets. I didn't feel the recoil from the gun or barely heard the
report of the muzzle blast and guess my adrenalin was at a maximum level.
The Long Beard immediately fell to the ground like a ton of bricks had
been dropped on top of him and he flopped around some and the second long
beard that was with him ran out across the open field like he had
jet engines attached to his rear end with the after burners kicked in and the
others went back into the woods in the direction they came from. The
hen started clucking real loud and everything was quiet within a minute or
two. I stepped the distance off from my position to the downed
turkey which was 54 yards,
the longest distance to date for a turkey harvest! I try and limit
my shots to around 40 yards but I know the pattern of this shotgun with
the Hevi-13 Magnum blend shells and there is enough kinetic energy in those
pellets at that range to do some serious damage which is obvious from the
pix. There were several pellets in his head and neck area and don't
know how many entered his body from the back area since he was facing away
from me. There were no pellets in his breast.
The decoys have worked excellent in the
past getting those Long Beards to come charging in once they spot them but
this season so far has been a bust using the decoys and for whatever
reason has put the brakes on the Long Beards that have spotted them.
It could possibly be that there are plenty of hens bred already and we are
near the end of the breeding cycle and they certainly are not answering
any call presented to them or doing any gobbling at this hunt location
site, yet they are coming to our position and
locking up when they spot the decoys. We definitely will not use
them on the next few days hunt and see what happens and maybe can get some
answers. I have pooled several experts and many are shying
away from the usage of decoys for this reason. Set-up and position
are the key elements to nailing that ole Long Beard more so than pretty,
fancy calling and that is my humble opinion!
Randy took a pix or two to
document our morning hunt. By the time the final pixs were taken,
all the crimson red blood had drained
from his waddles and head area which makes for a less colorful picture but
I am pleased with the results of today's hunt.
This Long Beard weighed 15 lbs, had a 9.5 inch length beard, spur length
5/8" and 3/4" and the age of this bird is two years old. I believe
the larger gobbler in the crowd was the second one but he was several
yards beyond this Long Beard and did not offer a shot. Used a
Porter's Dual Hen Custom box call with a walnut one piece base and a cedar
lid. Also used an antique Lynch World Champion box call but the last
series of yelps and cuts were from the Porter Dual Hens call shown in the
I got ready to unload my Remington 11-87 shotgun, the bolt would not
retract to the rear and I could tell something was loose behind and under
the bolt and took the barrel off while at the truck but was unable to move
the bolt. It is a good thing that I did not need a second shot since
I apparently had a single shot shotgun this morning for sure.
home and quickly removing the breasts from this ole boy and placing in
cool salted water, later vacuum sealing, I proceeded to check the Remington 11-87 shotgun out
and removed the two trigger plate pins on the receiver and removed the trigger
group assembly and noticed that the sliding link which connects to the
action spring plug of which that assembly has seven (7) parts and the
other end is moved to the rearward by the action bar assembly
was not in place (link) and couldn't see any reason why it would be in that
position unless only one end of the (link) was connected
into the action spring plug which could
account for it cycling ok when loading and unloading the shotgun. I re-assembled the shotgun and cycled the action and
everything was working as it should and hopefully will function as an auto
loading shotgun tomorrow if
needed. I should test fire the weapon before
tomorrows hunt but hate the thoughts of firing those 5 buck a piece shells
for a function test. Okay, I know I am frugal! Any weapon used
for security reasons that has been taken apart for inspection and
re-assembled, it is mandatory to do a test firing before said weapon is
placed back into service.
Randy and myself plan to go back to the opening season hunting site where Mr.
"Lock Jaw" aka "Motor Mouth" Long Beard has tricked us two times in a row and hope we
can present him with a new game plan that will ultimately end up with him in
Giblets and Gravy.
UPDATE: I called Remington Arms Service Dept. in Madison, NC
and they were aware of the link described above becoming disconnected from
the plunger which is caused by the usage of extremely heavy loads; e.g. 2
1/2 oz. of shot and the inertia causes the link to actually go forward
enough to allow the small rear prongs of the link to get out of the recess
area of the plunger that is driven by the recoil spring in the stock.
Remington modified the plunger by increasing the length to solve that
problem with the extremely heavy shot loads. I ordered the part and
the shotgun is ready for another season.
TURKEY HUNTING 04-14-11
This morning was a
repeat of the weather conditions as yesterday and another wonderful day to
be in the turkey woods. The plan Randy and myself devised yesterday
to "ambush" the ole Long Beard that has out foxed us two different
hunting days already was put into motion with Randy about 40 yards out in
front of me and covering the area when he came in as before.
However, this morning the Long Beard started gobbling around 7:00
A.M. and continued to gobble until a little after 9:00 A.M. and Randy said
he counted 102 separate gobbles which is the longest duration I have every
heard one single Long Beard do. The Long Beard started out from his
usual place and would work the creek bottom back and forth but would not
answer a single call delivered to him and I tried a much higher pitched
box call than before and still no luck.
After 9:00 A.M., it was more
than evident that the ole boy was not going to commit to crossing the
creek a third (3rd) time, we decided to go to him which is probably what
we should have done the begin with and as soon as we set up about 100
yards from his last gobble, it was total "Lock Jaw" on his part.
Not another single gobble was sounded by the ole boy and he would not
answer a call as before. Pix below of our last set-up without any
was positioned about 20 yards behind Randy but as I stated above, the ole
Long Beard didn't make another sound.
Our plan in the morning will be to
get to the edge of lower field and position ourselves back into the woods
and wait and see what the Long Beard does. I plan to use a slate
call and another box call that I haven't used before on him and see if he
will commit to checking those sounds out. Randy nicknamed the ole
boy "Motor Mouth" with all the gobbling he was doing.
TURKEY HUNTING 04-15-11
This mornings hunt
was pretty much a carbon copy of yesterdays conditions except for a heavy
fog which lifted around 9ish or so. Randy elected to go back to the
large rye field set-up where we harvested a Long Beard on 04-13-11 to give
ole "Motor Mouth" a rest due to some
serious hills and gullies to navigate before getting to where the ole Long
Beard has been doing all of his gobbling which is across the creek.
saw a total of five (5) hens starting around 7:24 that came out of the
woods behind us and went into and across the rye field and never heard a
single gobble during the four hours we stayed at this location.
Within hearing distance are several turkey barns and there must have been
5000 turkeys yelping all at the same time...kind of makes our yelping a
little meaningless....grin if you must! Pix below of Randy at his
It is back to the work routine next week and will get to hunt on Saturdays
and an upcoming Holiday and hopefully will get another opportunity at ole
Motor Mouth Long Beard when he is across the creek and we
call him Lock Jaw when he comes across the creek because he
certainly clams up. We stayed at least four (4) hours at this set-up
and finally called it a day! There is no use to "run and gun"
when the Long Beards are not sounding off and you have limited acreage to
RANDY'S TURKEY HUNTING AND HARVEST ON 04-18-11
It was back to the regular routine and grind of earning a living today for
myself and I got a call from Randy Steele this morning sometime around
7:34 A.M. of which he related to me the details of his morning hunt as
Randy went back to the area we hunted on 04-15-11 and as soon as he got
out of his truck at about 6:30 A.M. he heard a gobbler sounding off very
close to where we had set up a couple times already. He thought the
ole boy was beyond the fence line and positioned a single hen decoy out in
front in the rye field about 17 yards and the ole Long Beard
hammered away again and he realized he was more directly in front of his
position. Randy clucked a few more times on a glass call and the
Long Beard was all fired up and coming toward his position pretty fast and
before he could get his shotgun off his leg, the Long Beard appeared in
front of him between a deer stand platform and a large pine tree that was
about 60 plus yards into the rye field. You can see the pine tree
and tree stand platform in the background of his coyote harvested on
04-11-11. Randy stated that he was hoping the Long Beard would go
behind the pine tree on his approach to give him a chance to re-position
his shotgun but the Long Beard continued on in front of the pine tree and
headed directly toward the hen decoy and went into about an 80 percent
strut. When the ole Long Beard got within about 5 feet of the hen
decoy, Randy was shaking like a dog, a case of "turkey fever",
raised the Remington 1100 shotgun and made a fast shot which knocked the
Long Beard down with feathers flying everywhere of which the Long Beard
immediately got back up and he fired a second shot to bring him down for
the ten count.
I think I was excited as Randy was hearing him tell the story of his
successful harvest and his first Long Beard harvested that he called in
himself which is a Classic Text Book Example
of how the pros do it as seen on the hunting shows. Randy has
harvested other Long Beards but there is always something magic and
exciting when one responds and comes to your call. It doesn't
happen like this but once in a while and a tremendous reward of self
satisfaction when a plan comes together,
especially since those Long Beards at this hunting location has had total
Lock Jaw until this morning!
The Long Beard weighed 18 lbs. sporting a 9 inch beard and 5/8 inch length
spurs with one of them broken back some time in the past. Below pix of his turkey harvest:
Bill aka Mickey Porter
ARCHERY, MUZZLELOADER AND REGULAR GUN SEASON 2011
Today is November 15, 2011 and this was the first archery season in
decades that I did not harvested a deer with the ole stick n string.
Opening morning found me in my favorite tree stand with the wind direction
about nil and perfect when a good freezer spike buck came out at about
daylight affording a quartering away shot of which I have made many times
in the past with good success. However, that morning, I shot a
little too far back and the arrow exited very low on the opposite side,
apparently taking out only a small portion of the right lung or at least
that is my assessment of the shot. The buck quickly ran from the
immediate area and I did not hear him go down which is a bad sign;
normally I hear them fall and thrash around a little.
getting down and checking the arrow, it was evident that I clipped the
stomach area by the contents near the arrow and I decided to wait several
hours before tracking the deer as it was very chilly that morning.
Once I started the track, I had not gone but about 40 or 50 yards before
the deer was bleeding profusely and I was certain I would find this deer
within a hundred yards. See inserted pix:
After an hour or two
of tracking and going about 500 yards, the blood trail finally got
to just a small droplet or minute speck and the reality was quickly
setting in that I might not locate this deer after all. The trail
finally led into a four (4) year old thick cutover with a ton of small
saplings and briers and the trail went cold and it was impossible to try
and cut circles to pick up the trail again. The last 40 yards of
trailing, I was literally down on hands and knees following the sparse
blood trail until it ran out. I certainly did give it my best effort
and it upsets me not to be able to recover an animal that I have killed
and/or wounded; but it happens!
To date, I have only seen three (3) deer
at my favorite hunting stand of which I attribute to the adjacent 134 acre
track of land leased out and the hunters have really put the corn out for
the deer and have interrupted their normal travel routes and there has
been a good crop of acorns also. The deer feeding cycle this season
has been mostly at night and the extreme hot weather and/or bad weather
had put a serious damper on my deer hunting.
The past couple of days, I
have hunted on Randy Steele's property near Cason's Old Field, NC and
yesterday I saw a total of eight does and one good shooter buck, however I
passed on the buck since it was the first buck seen. Pix of a doe
about 100 yards plus from the box stand:
On November 15,
2011 I saw a decent buck about 0632 hours just barely daylight and he was
going across a field about 200 yards down wind from the box stand that I
was in and he put the brakes on and looked up the field in my direction.
I passed on the shot and the buck quickly exited the field back into the
pines thicket he had apparently came from. The wind was blowing very
briskly out of the South directly toward him with myself up wind which is
not a good thing. I left the box blind around 0830 since a dog was
running a deer or something in the cutover to my right and decided to call
it a day.
FREEZER "MANAGEMENT" BUCK
On November 19, 2011, I got up
around 5AM and started a pot of coffee and by the time it was brewed, I
had gotten all my hunting gear together and dressed for a morning hunt.
I left our home around 5:30 A.M. with the temperature gauge registering 29
degrees on the car and the 10 mile ride to Randy Steele's home at Cason's
Old Field, NC took about 20 minutes or less. The box stand is about
600 yards from where I parked and there was a very heavy frost on the ground
that looked like a light snow had fallen.
There was a minute
layer of frozen ice on the wooden ladder going up to the box stand and
small entry deck and I was super cautious since the box stand is elevated
about 15 feet from the ground using large utility poles as the
It didn't take long before I fired up the gas
heater and it was toasty warm in a short period of time. See below
Carpet on the
floor and sides of the box stand with leftovers from some of Randy's
construction projects....grin if you must!
I will take a pix of the box
stand from the field next time I hunt this stand which should be on
Some time around 6:37 a doe and yearling came out in front of
the blind from the woods on the other side of the field which is about 55
yards and cautiously made there way across the plowed field and entered
into a pine grove to the right of the stand. Shots were
beginning to ring out in the distance and deer must have been on a
time-table for sure as far as their movements were concerned. I let
those deer walk although I haven't harvested a deer for the freezer this
year yet and the trigger finger was beginning to itch a little for such a
longer period of inactivity this season. I enjoy hunting but my
primary reason is the fill the ole basement freezer with venison and other
"fruits of the harvest".
Around 7:00ish the sound of distance gun shots
were getting very regular and it didn't take but a couple minutes before a
small 6 point buck made his way from behind some oak trees on the far left
side of the field near the pasture fence line and slowly worked his way in
front of the box stand. I glassed him with an antique
pair of Zeiss 7x42 armored binoculars and decided I would harvest this one
for the freezer since his small basket type rack was very unbalanced and
no doubt would remain that way.
I put down the binoculars and eased the
Remington model 700 BDL left-hand .270 Winchester caliber rifle out the
front sliding Plexiglas viewing window, eased the safety lever forward to
the off position and quickly placed the heavy duplex cross hairs of the
Leopold 3.5x10 power Var-X III scope low and behind the little bucks right
front leg and squeezed the trigger. The little buck quickly exited
the edge of the field and ran about 30 yards jumping the pasture fence and
heard him go down shortly in the woods near a cut-over.
take too long before I had all my gear together, climbed down the box
stand wooden ladder and proceeded to locate the little buck. There was a good
blood trail where he jumped the fence and I could see him down about 30
yards in the woods before crossing the barbed wire fence. I
attempted to take a pix of him but I could not get the wireless remote to
operate the camera shutter so left the pix off. There was a massive
hole where the hand loaded 130 grain Sierra soft point boattail bullet
ahead of 57 grains of DuPont IMR 4831 powder exited and that particular
load has performed to perfection the past 30 years for me in the
The deer was quickly
field dressed and dragged him to the edge of the field where I loaded him
into my vehicle. I took a pix of the little buck at home prior to
skinning and quartering him up:
probably weighted about 125 lbs. which is a "guesstimate" and will make
for some "beautimous" eating.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 11-19-11.
Note: I talked with Randy this morning on 11-23-11 and he
asked me how I spelled barbed wire and I spelled it for him
and we both had a great laugh because I had spelled it "bob-wire" in
this short story and went back and changed it. Randy said this
little buck still had milk on his mouth and we grinned out loud again.
It is great to be able to laugh and have fun!